Lowry Grove closes


Lowry Grove, in St. Anthony but bordering Minneapolis, is now closed. The land’s owner, The Village, plans to redevelop the site. Jesse Poole

Three boys help load their family’s belongings into a van to move out of Lowry Grove June 30. While some of the homes in the now-shuttered manufactured housing park were mobile and able to be driven off the site, others were not and had to be demolished where they were. Jesse Poole photos

A man digs up some plants from his garden while packing up his vehicle to move out of Lowry Grove on June 30. Jesse Poole

Stair sets that once led to homes — but now lead nowhere — littered the 15-acre property June 30. Jesse Poole

After some 70 years of operation, Lowry Grove, once home to about 90 households, is now empty.

Residents of St. Anthony Village’s only mobile home park had to vacate the property by the end of the day, June 30. 

The Village LLC, an affiliate of Wayzata-based Continental Property Group, aims to redevelop the site and plans to create 800 new liveable units. 

Preliminary plans for the 15-acre property outline the construction of several large apartment-like buildings, with for-sale townhomes surrounding those buildings.

Traci Tomas, vice president of The Village, originally intended to have residents off the site by mid-March. However, after repeated objections, she pushed the final move-out date to the end of June, allowing the children of Lowry Grove to finish out the school year.

Residents of the manufactured housing community had been fighting a year-long legal battle to protect their homes from demolition and the land they live on from redevelopment. 

Remnants of that legal battle continue. 

 

Jesse Poole


 

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